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Flasher on moped exposed himself to Arleta girl, police say

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Los Angeles police are searching for a man riding a moped who exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl as she walked across an Arleta parking lot.

Detectives on Tuesday released a sketch of the man who they fear could be more aggressive than typical perpetrators of such crimes based on a description from the child and her mother.

“The girl did everything right,” said Det. Luz Montero, of the Mission Detective Division. “She ignored the man, kept her distance, and told her mother right away.”

Lt. Paul Vernon said the suspect was wearing a “skull cap” helmet and riding a black moped when he approached the child about 4:20 p.m. Aug. 31.

Vernon said the man rode up on the moped and called out to the girl, then exposed himself. He rode away a brief distance and walked into a nearby liquor store on the 14400 block of Van Nuys Boulevard. The girl’s mother confronted the man as he left the store, Vernon said.

A police artist drew a sketch of the suspect based on the mother and daughter's description.

“The sketch is quite distinct, and that, coupled with him riding a moped, should help the public recognize him in the neighborhood,” Montero said. "The suspect had gray hair, was of medium height and build, and his age was between 45 and 55 years old. He was wearing a tank top and blue jeans."

Montero asked that anyone with information call LAPD Mission Division Detectives, at (818) 838-9975. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637.

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--Richard Winton

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Image: Composite sketch of flasher. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department.

 
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